Check out this awesome list of S.T.E.A.M.-related fiction that the Alameda County Library has to offer!
| Nick and Tesla’s solar-powered showdown : a mystery with sun-powered gadgets you can build yourself
by Bob Pflugfelder
Super-smart kid inventors Nick and Tesla Holt have outsmarted crooks, spies, and kidnappers, but now it’s time to crack their biggest mystery yet: where the heck are their parents? With the help of their eccentric Unc e Newt, the twins trace the clues to their missing Mom and Dad, scientists working on solar-power research for a clandestine government project.
| Ruby Goldberg’s bright idea
by Anna Humphrey
Ruby is determined to win the gold with her fifth-grade science fair project, a Rube Goldberg machine to help her grandfather, but the real prize turns out to be something completely unexpected.
| Dive into danger
by Kelly Halls
Fourteen-year-old Pudge spends most of his time in the basement avoiding his marine biologist father and playing World of Warcraft, but when missing school earns him a suspension and he joins his father at work, he must summon real courage to help a mother humpback whale.
| Series: The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency
by Jordan Stratford
This fun mystery series imagines an alternate 1826 London, where Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency.
by Randi Zuckerberg
In her fascination with technology, a confident and spunky girl pays little attention to the outside world before learning how to make room for real things in ways that help her make the most of her savvy technical expertise. This picture book is a great way to talk about technology in our lives with young readers.
|Life on Mars
by Jennifer Brown
|Fractions = trouble!
by Claudia Mills
While trying to decide on a science fair project, third-grader Wilson struggles with fractions and, much to his embarrassment, his parents sign him up to work with a math tutor.
| Full cicada moon
by Marilyn Hilton
In 1969 twelve-year-old Mimi and her family move to an all-white town in Vermont, where Mimi’s mixed-race background and interest in “boyish” topics like astronomy make her feel like an outsider.
| Secret Coders
by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes
Attending an elite school where enterprising students are challenged to solve a variety of clues and puzzles using computer programming, Hopper and her friend, Eni, resolve to crack the school founder’s most elusive mystery together. This graphic novel will definitely keep you entertained!
| The Seventh Most Important Thing
by Shelley Pearsall
In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man’s head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton. Recommended for grades 4-7.
| Thérèse Makes a Tapestry
by Alexandra Hinrichs
When Therese’s father, a court painter for King Louis XIV, gives her a beautiful painting, she decides to weave it into a tapestry for him, and is surprised to find it on display in the palace courtyard alongside the works of great artists.
| My Explosive Diary
by Emily Gale
Eliza Boom is the daughter of a spy gadget inventor who hopes to create a great invention like her father, but first she needs to get a roll of her father’s top-secret film back from the class bully Zoe Wakefield.
| Benji Franklin : kid zillionaire
by Raymond Bean
This compilation of two separately published works tells the story of Benji Franklin, a twelve-year-old genius who becomes an overnight zillionaire after writing a computer application that generates excuses–and soon discovers that a lot of people want him to solve their problems.
| The 8th Continent
by Matt London
Hoping to transform a giant floating garbage patch into a habitable eighth continent where people can escape an oppressive bureaucracy, Evie and Rick must race against time when a plastic-obsessed villainess tries to claim the continent to expand her power.